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STP 500


Martinsville Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #6 of 36

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:07pm/et
Laps/Stages: 500 laps total. Stages end on laps: 130/260/500


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 2:00pm/et, FS1 and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:

Saturday, March 23, 9:35-10:25am/et, TV-TBA;
Saturday, March 23, 12:30-1:30pm/et, TV-TBA;
Qualifying: Saturday, March 23 at 5:10pm/et, TV-TBA.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Friday, March 22
7:00 PM-9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER

Saturday, March 23
6:30 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:35 AM-10:25 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
12:30 PM-1:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:10 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Sunday, March 24
8:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (STAGES 130/260/500 LAPS = 263 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumulative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Brad Keselowski holds off Chase Elliott for Martinsville victory: Brad Keselowski led 446 of 500 laps in winning Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. An easy victory, right? Well, not exactly. After Keselowski’s pit crew put him in the lead for a restart on Lap 380, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford spent the rest of the race fending off a determined charge from Chase Elliott.[More](3-24-2019)

#2-Brad Keselowski won the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway. The win is his 2nd win of 2019, 2nd win at Martinsville and 29th career win. He dominated the race, leading 446 of the 500 laps, the most laps led for a race win at Martinsville in the modern era.
#9-Elliott finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #12-Blaney, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #14-Bowyer, #19-Truex, Jr., #10-Almirola, and #41-Suarez.
Pole winner #22-Logano finished 19th.
Stage 1 and 2 were also won by #2-Keselowski.
There were 4 lead changes among 3 drivers and 7 cautions for 56 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 78.158mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Martinsville
Brad Keselowski won the 70th Annual STP 500, his 29th victory in 347 Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 19 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2019.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 28 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Ryan Preece (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 21 points over Denny Hamlin.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-24-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings after Martinsville:
#18-Busch [2 wins], 273 pts
#2-Keselowski [2 wins]
#11-Hamlin [1 win]
#22-Logano [1 win]
#4-Harvick, 248, -25
#10-Almirola, 215, -58
#19-Truex Jr., 207, -66
#12-Blaney, 203, -70
#9-Elliott, 186, -87
#1-Busch, 185, -88
#42-Larson, 182, -91
#17-Stenhouse Jr., 158, -115
#14-Bowyer, 157, -116
#20-Jones, 140, -133
#48-Johnson, 134, -139
#41-Suarez, 134, -139
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

To the rear: #32-LaJoie (backup car), #51-Ware (backup car)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway have been made.
Pole winner #22-Logano chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #10-Almirola too the 23rd stall, with an opening in front of it.
#2-Keselowski, starts 3rd and chose the 6th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #9-Elliott, who starts 7th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(3-23-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Efficient Joey Logano continues mastery of Martinsville qualifying: With surgical efficiency, Joey Logano continued his domination of knockout qualifying at Martinsville Speedway. Saving his car and his tires for the final round of Saturday’s time trials at the .526-mile short track, Logano won the pole for Sunday’s STP 500 (2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with a lap at 97.830 mph (19.356 seconds).[More](3-23-2019)

#22-Joey Logano won the Busch pole for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway with speed of 97.830mph for his 1st pole of 2019, 5th at Martinsville and 21st of his career.
#10-Almriola will start 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #24-Byron, #42-Larson, #9-Elliott, #78-Truex, Jr., #41-Suarez, #14-Bowyer and #48-Johnson.
#11-Hamlin was fastest in thefirst and second rounds.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 36 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-23-2019)

Martinsville Raceway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Joey Logano won the Pole Award for the 70th Annual STP 500 with a lap of 19.356 seconds, 97.830 mph.
This is his 21st pole in 369 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2019.
This is his fifth pole in 21 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Aric Almirola (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2019 and his seventh in 21 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second in six races this season.
Ryan Preece (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(3-23-2019)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#9-Elliott 97.543
#88-Bowman 96.627
#48-Johnson 96.612
#3-Dillon 96.548
#27-Menard 96.538
Slowest: #51-Ware 92.321 and #77-Kennington 91.869mph.
Most laps run: #11-Hamlin, 93 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 32 drivers): #19-Truex, Jr. 95.445mph.
Notes: #51-Ware wrecked at the end of practice and backed into the outside wall.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-23-2019

First Saturday practice for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#14-Bowyer 97.674
#41-Suarez 97.257
#10-Almirola 97.003
#19-Truex Jr. 96.939
#18-Busch 96.884
Slowest: #77-Kennington 92.664 & #24-Byron 91.896
Most laps run: #22-Logano, 67 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 32 drivers): #18-Busch, 96.642mph.
Notes: #24-Bryon made contact with the wall early in practice after a tire went down. #32-LaJoie wrecked after his brakes went out. He will go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds page (pdf).(3-23-2019)

Entry List for the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Raceway is posted, 36 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #51-Ware, #52-Jeb Burton, and #77-D.J. Kennington.
Since only 36 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

March 2018: see the STP 500 Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Robert Ritter
Command to start engines: Robert Ritter
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Martinsville/Henry County Comibined Color Guard
Invocation: Mike Hatfield
National Anthem: 380th U.S. Army Band
Flyover: TBA

Sunday Martinsville Notebook: Kyle Busch scores hard-fought third at Martinsville—but it’s not a win; Two speeding penalties doom Clint Bowyer’s winning chances; Uncontrolled tire costs Denny Hamlin—but not severely.(More)(3-24-2019)

Saturday Martinsville Notebook: Questions about last year’s bump-and-run still dog Joey Logano; Corey LaJoie suffers brake failure, hard crash in practice; Martinsville Cup practices produce mixed bag of leaders.(More)(3-23-2019)

Friday Marinsville Notebook: Denny Hamlin sees a small universe of potential winners at Martinsville; Johnny Sauter: The secret to Martinsville is hard to explain; Clint Bowyer looks for another jump-start at Martinsville.(More)(3-22-2019)

Weekend Preview – Martinsville Speedway: The NASCAR short track season is officially upon us; The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns to competition.[More](3-21-2019)

Martinsville News and Notes: [More](3-20-2019)